Compelled by love!

Scripture reading for August 4th:  2nd Corinthians 5

Paul was writing to his beloved church family in Corinth.   He had encouraged them to live by faith in Jesus Christ and expect some persecution and suffering, possibly even death!  They were to have no fear because of the sure promises of Jesus!  “Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands.”  (2nd Corinthians 5:1)  Death is not the end, but a new beginning of our eternal dwelling that Jesus went ahead to prepare for us.  We have God’s promise in the Holy Spirit who now dwells in us, preparing us for that purpose!

Because of our guaranteed future home in heaven and our coming new body, we make it our goal to please our Lord by finding out what pleases Him and doing that!  Without faith, we cannot please Him!  (Hebrews 11:6)  “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.  Since, then we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men.”  (2nd Corinthians 5:10-11)

God will reward each believer at the judgment seat of Christ for their works motivated by faith. This should cause each believer to have a holy fear of Christ.  We are motivated by His love and Word to obey His command to reach the entire world and especially those God puts in our path!   “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that One died for all, and therefore all died.  And He died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died for them and was raised again.”  (2nd Corinthians 5:14-15)

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